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How to Marry a Duke (How To #1)

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Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

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Paperback, 396 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by Forever (first published January 1st 2011)
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The beginning of this book was pleasant, but that was about all. I felt that the attraction between the hero and heroine was a bit ham-handed and abrupt. I also became very nervous when the author whipped out a competition and elimination a la The Bachelor. I am definitely not a fan of things like that.

But somehow I forgot my concerns as I got more and more into the story. Tristan and Tessa had a great dynamic together and I had a blast giggling over some of their interactions. The bride competi
♡Karlyn P♡
Mar 17, 2012 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
This one surprised me. I only read/listened to it because had it on their $5 sale, but I ended up really enjoying much more than I thought. I mean, come on, a historical spoof of the TV show 'The Bachelor'? Really? OK, it was a stretch -- a big stretch, in fact -- but regardless I found myself sucked into the story and routing for the H/h.

I think what really worked for me is how much I liked the lead hero and heroine, as well as some of the secondary characters. The H/h had great ch
Jan 14, 2011 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Bachelor, HR w/a Mix of Humor & Emotion
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" Debut author Vicky Dreiling started off the new year with a bang for me with her first novel, How to Marry a Duke. In it, she created two likable and relatively complex characters with whom I enjoyed taking a journey to true love and happiness. Her historical spoof of the reality TV show, The Bachelor, was cute. It gave the story some lighthearted moments with a few of the courtship elements being laugh-out-loud funny. Yet it wasn't all fun and games. There wa
Nov 12, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
May possibly be the most unoriginal historical romance I've read all year.

And if the heroine is richer than God, unmarried at 26 and enjoys her independence, why does everyone and their mother have to be all in her business?

Also a rake by name with no examples shown and just mentioned, is no rake at all.
I finished this yesterday, and while I enjoyed it then, I can't remember much about it today. This is actually kind of disturbing to me, because I thought it was a pretty good book.

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne, wants/needs a wife. He even has a list of requirements for one. Voluptuous, graceful, intelligent, etc. And while it seems too clinical to most of you, it's not far from the truth to today's arranged marriages. Anyway, he doesn't exactly think that he should marry for love, because his
Laura the Highland Hussy
Jan 30, 2011 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
This book kept me up all night reading. I both love and hate that! lol

But this is a different take on an Historical Romance. Any Bachelor fans out there? This book takes the Bachelor back to Regency England and throws in some fun twists. I'm actually not a fan at all of the TV show. So why on earth would I read a book based on said show? Let me tell you a little story. Everyone I know who has read this has loved it! My friend Catherine's review for fictionvixen is what had me picking it up ( htt
Jan 18, 2011 Ally72 rated it really liked it
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♥ Melody
Tristan Gatewick, Duke of Shelbourne
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Tessa drank in his features, committing them to memory- his black tousled hair, thick brows, perfect nose, and square jaw, freshly shaven, leaving only a hint of his heavy beard. Most of all she wanted to remember his brilliant blue eyes and the many times he'd gazed so intently at her.

I'm a very visual person for those who haven't been able to tell by now. ;P Being able to picture *exactly* what characters look like is a big draw in for me because it's a
Jen (Red Hot Books)
May 26, 2011 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a sweet and feel-good Regency Romance, this is the right book for you. How to Marry a Duke is a little light in the sex department, but it's so fast-moving and entertaining that I barely had a chance to want for more.

Tristan is a duke looking for a wife. And he'll settle for nothing less than a suitable match. He wants a woman with intelligence, wit, breeding and fire. And the longer he searches, the clearer it is becoming that such a woman is hard to find. When he meets a
The first book in Vicky Dreiling's How To Series.

Light and entertaining. I felt like I was watching the reality show The Bachelor except it was set in the Regency era. I recommend it to anyone who loves a fun historical romance novel.
Feb 17, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
This book was full of wit and chemistry! Realistic? No. Entertaining? Definitely.
Jess the Romanceaholic
I received this book free from the publisher through the Goodreads "First Reads" contest.

A very enjoyable, easy read from debut author Vicky Dreiling.

Since this is an ARC, I will do my best to avoid spoilers, including in my shelf tags, so please keep in mind that this book would be categorized in at least three extra shelves than are listed (and yes, it's killing me to do that because I know I'll forget to come back after the novel has been released and fix them) :P

What worked for me:
*As the b
Jan Crow
Nov 12, 2010 Jan Crow rated it it was amazing
By Vicky Dreiling

Tristan James Gatewick, the Duke of Shelbourne, has been declared England’s most sought-after bachelor in England. He’s postponed finding a bride for several years and now finds that he should expedite his marrying. But, how to choose from so many women who weren’t quite what he wanted for a wife. His requirements are not odd – graceful, dutiful, modest and have decorum. She should be over 21, never married and of noble birth. So, attending balls is how he go
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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I picked this book up with really no expectations. I liked the cover and the blurb seemed pretty interesting. But I was so pleasantly surprised with the storyline! This book was by no means a boring historical romance, it had some humor, some intrigue, gossiping tongues, an untamable (or so he thought) rake and a woman who thought she should give up on finding happiness for herself but wanted to find it for everyone else.

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This was very funny historical romance, I laughed so many times and vas very engaged in the story. I would have rated it 5 stars but I really do not like the bachelor theme and I like more steamy romance books with deeper feelings between the characters but this was a fresh light HR romance that many will like.
Jul 20, 2011 Jaime rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
I had the opportunity to meet Vicky at the Dreamin in Dallas writers’ convention. She told me the premise of her book and I was intrigued so I bought it. I had no idea how wonderful of a story was hiding under the steamy cover. I wish I had picked it up to read long ago.

The “bachelor” theme within the book was a little odd at first but I think she was able to form it to the time period very nicely. I was looking forward to what the next test/meeting would be. I fell in love with Tessa, the main
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Apr 19, 2011 ♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥ rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating: 4.95 // Action: 2 / Emotion: 5 / Romance: 5 / Sensuous: 3 / Intrigue: 4 / Regency Flavor: 5 // Humor: 13 / Tears: 9

Vicky Dreiling accomplished strong emotional engagement with her debut novel, How To Marry A Duke , the first book in The 'How To' Trilogy. Although the depth of emotional angst suffered by Tristan James Gatewick, the Duke of Shelbourne was tame compared to many other heros starring in other books, it was very realistic to see why he would eschew marriage after watc
May 14, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Tristan, Duke of Shelbourne, has decided it is time to leave his youth behind and get a wife and take his duties as Duke seriously. He has many requirements but wants a woman, not some young debutante girl. When he accidentally steps on a fan and meets the lovely gaze of a woman, he is smitten. But when he learns her identity as a matchmaker who has declared that she will never marry, Tristan decides to hire Tessa. Tessa enjoys her matchmaking business as she helps the painfully shy and overlook ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Vicky rated it liked it
Ok, so once again it's not Grand Literature, but hey!, my brain is scarcely working due to the rude awakenings I've fallen victim to (3 or 4 times a night, might I add, and every night on top of that!...) since my barely 4 years old has started suffering from nightmares. I needed something light and entertaining to read while every night I sit in bed with her, waiting for her to fall asleep. I've found it! Even though my brain is not working at it's usual speed due to fatigue (LOL, is someone go ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Jan 11, 2011 Mary (BookHounds) rated it really liked it
Historical romance is one of my guiltiest pleasures and I can't believe how wonderfully Vicky Dreiling combined modern storytelling with a well thought out story. I must admit that I have watched the Bachelor and found the little bits and pieces a charming jab at the show. Also, there influences of the Millionaire Matchmaker in there somewhat as well. So, by now you can tell I am a reality show junky.

The two romantic leads of this smartly written romance will have you yelling and screaming at yo
Snigdha Prakash
A beautiful book, I suppose.
It was not what I suspected or went into expecting.
I had suspected that there would be angst kind of love.
Which there was.
But this turned out more to be like... The Selection kind of thing and I still have mixed feelings about how I feel about that series.
But nonetheless, this was not as torturous as The Selection as this book did not have a freaking love triangle.
A big bonus considering the plot the author set.
However, I felt that the backstory was kept in the dark f
Feb 05, 2013 Yumru rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bir kaç gündür elimde süründü,okurken döneme ait bir takım şeyler yanlış geldi bana hadi dedim takılmayayım okuyayım ama gitmedi darlandım.Tek iyi olan yönü diyaloglardı eğlenceli sayılırdı ama hep aması var işte.Son olarak kötünün iyisiydi benim için...Aşk deseniz ben aşk falanda göremedim :/
Jul 09, 2011 Dinjolina rated it it was ok
I liked it. Nothing very new but the plot was ok. That aside I have to say...the writing...oh god! It was horrible. Conversations that did nothing but bring more words to count and sentences that do not flow. More like stagger. Sheeesh.
Feb 01, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-romance
Very cute book. Predictable but a quick read. I adored the proposal. It was one of the best I have read!
Feb 18, 2014 Pupottina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harmony, storico

“Tu sei la sola e unica per me, per tutta l’eternità.”

L’amore è fatto indubbiamente di parole e di tecniche e strategie di corteggiamento. Anche nella Londra del 1800 le dinamiche amorose iniziavano da uno sguardo. Successivamente, erano le parole a fare il resto. Esattamente come oggi, l’amore può essere la magia più grande che capiti ad una donna. “Le cose accadono per una ragione.”
Miss Tessa Mansfield è un’ereditiera bella, giovane ed è maestra in un’arte per la quale le è stato affibbiato un
Tory Michaels
Aug 18, 2013 Tory Michaels rated it it was amazing
::sniffle:: The marriage proposal. Oh sheesh.
Jan 15, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, arc-own, own
Tristan is in the market of finding a wife. At a ball where is doing just that, he meets Tessa. He is instantly attracted to her, but he doesn't know her true identity.

Tessa is a unwed spinster matchmaker. She herself refuses to ever marry. Although she too is attracted to Tristan, she knows nothing will ever come of the attraction due to her refusal to ever marry and his rakish reputation.

So Tristan sets out to snag Tessa's matchmaking services to aid him in finding a suitable bride. The book u
Jan 02, 2011 Nath rated it it was ok
Recommended to Nath by: Tracy's Place
Shelves: read-2011, historical
2/5 (D)

From the reviews, How to Marry a Duke sounded like a historical version of The Bachelor. Thinking back, I don't know why I was so interested since I've never been a fan of the tv series. Probably thought it sounded fun ^_^;... and it could have been, but instead How to Marry a Duke turned out to be an okay book. The biggest problem with this book was that Tristan hired Tessa to find himself a wife, while being attracted to her. Imagine the tv series where in the end, The Bachelor chooses
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
GENRE: Historical Romance
SETTING: Regency England
HERO: Tristan Gatewick, Duke of Shelbourne
HEROINE: Tessa Mansfield

OVERALL RANKING: 4 out of 5 Stars

For full review: http://feministfairytalereviews.blogs...

"How to Marry a Duke" is Vicky Dreiling's debut historical romance and, in my opinion, she does an amazing job right out of the gate. As mentioned in the summary above, this is the story of Tristan, Duke of Shelbourne, who is in desperate need of a wife. He has exacting
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 04, 2015 10:40AM  
  • Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)
  • Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight, #1)
  • Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right (Impossible Bachelors, #2)
  • The Lady Flees Her Lord
  • Every Night I'm Yours (The Spinster Club, #1)
  • After Dark with a Scoundrel (Lords of Vice, #3)
  • To Wed a Wicked Earl (Devine & Friends, #2)
  • Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians, #2)
  • Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1)
  • Compromised
  • Passions of a Wicked Earl (London's Greatest Lovers, #1)
  • When Seducing a Duke (Victorian Soap Opera, #1)
  • A Little Bit Wild (York Family, #1)
  • One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, #2)
  • Tempted by His Kiss (The Byrons of Braebourne, #1)
  • How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, #1)
  • The Perfect Rake (The Merridew Sisters, #1)
  • Lessons From a Scarlet Lady (Northfield, #1)
Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname h ...more
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